Anderson, Coutts, Rossiter: Full Bristol Rovers injury list and potential return dates
Bristol Rovers face a second weekend without competitive football - so will it give time for injured players to recover for their next match?
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Bristol Rovers aren't in action this weekend, meaning for a second week in a row, fans haven't been able to either head to the Memorial Stadium or watch their team on the road.
The game against Shrewsbury Town on March 25 was postponed late as the Gas received three international call-ups, allowing them to call it off and now they will play on Tuesday, May 2, which is the final week of the season. Most clubs are back in league action this weekend but because of Plymouth Argyle's involvement in the EFL Trophy final, it means another free weekend for Rovers fans to do what they want.
It will have been 20 days between the 2-0 defeat to Portsmouth and their next scheduled fixture, which is against Charlton Athletic on Good Friday (April 7). Luckily the game after that is just three days later at Joey Barton's old club Fleetwood Town on Easter Monday (April 10). A recovery period of nearly three weeks could allow injured players to come back, but what's the latest on the injury front and when can we expect to see them return? Here is who is in the treatment room at the Mem, and if we will see them again this season.
Anderson's had a stop-start campaign and has twice been affected by a groin problem. He underwent surgery earlier this month and ruled him out for four to five weeks, and so whilst he’s making a recovery, he is still a few weeks off from returning to action. He’s out of contract at the end of the season and subject of interest from numerous clubs, so this is an important time for the former Lincoln City winger.
Possible return date: Derby County (H) - April 15
Utility man Grant has played just ten minutes this season but has had to have operations on both nees to help assist with his issues with tendinitis. Grant was back on the training pitches earlier this month, and that could mean a return before the end of the campaign.
Possible return date: Unknown (but possibly against Bolton Wanderers) - May 7
Rossiter damaged his meniscus against MK Dons and was expected to miss a month of action, but it hs been longer than that. Rossiter resumed training but suffered a setback, and has since requried further treatment to address the problem.
Possible return date: Unknown
Barton admitted that it could be ‘the last anyone sees’ of club captain Coutts, whose knee injury is worse than expected. A knee problem in training has ruled him out for the last four matches and surgery may be required to rectify the problem. Coutts is 34-years-old and is out-of-contract in the summer, but there could be a coaching opportunity for him.
Possible return date: Unknown
Jarell Quansah (not injured, but suspended)
Jarell Quansah is not injured but he is ruled out of the next three matches. The on-loan Liverpool defender was sent off for a foul on Portsmouth midfielder Joe Morrell and then the former Bristol City man claimed he was headbutted. Quansah has been punished for just the foul however and will now sit out the Easter period and more.
Potential return date: Sheffield Wednesday (H) - April 18